Tuesday, 28 July 2009

[217] Watchmen (Theatrical Cut) DVD Review

I wrote a frenzied, up-against-it review of Zack Snyder's big-screen adaptation of Watchmen back in February. I was a bit perplexed when offered to review the DVD iteration of the theatrical cut (2 more cuts forthcoming), but I still jumped at the chance - I'm up for anything, me - to re-assess, and bring the weight of 4 months' solid contemplation to bear on this big, crazy project.

I started writing the review in a direct attempt to do something informative, critical, yet subjective, personality-driven and entertaining. I've been reading a lot of the great, great PC gaming website Rock, Paper, Shotgun recently, and their style is something I hope to strive for some day. The writers, featuring the likes of Phonogram writer and games journalism warlock Kieron Gillen, manage to make reviews, mini-essays, and bits of blather seem vital, engaging, and filled to the brim with character. In fact, his recent review of Darkfall, for Eurogamer, was pretty much an event in itself - not only because of its controversial birthing period, but because of its wide-ranging ambition.

Well, it just didn't work out, and the review ballooned, way beyond any acceptable word count. I cut it down, hedged a bit, and felt pretty shaky about the end product. You can see the result below - better luck next time, I suppose.

Has the dust settled yet? Watchmen was 2009's first blockbuster, released back in March, greeted with gnashing of critical teeth, squirting of geek-squee juices or, well, apathy. Since then, we've had Wolverine, Star Trek, Transformers 2, Angels & Demons, Harry Potter - films that have enjoyed internet-controversy, fan-adulation and record-breaking box office performances among them. In relation, Watchmen, a film that towered over public consciousness before its release, grossed just under $183 million worldwide, only scraping into the top 15 films at the 2009 box office so far.

So now, four months later, we've got the DVD/Blu-Ray release of the film's theatrical cut. How has the film aged in the last 1/3 of a year? How does it translate to a medium sized TV, with crappy sound-system in a South London flat? Quite well, really.

Read the full article here.

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